Sunday, December 29, 2013

From AaronH: 28mm Early Imperial Roman Auxiliary Cavalry (63 points)

Here’s six 28mm medium auxiliary cavalry for my EIR Romans.  These are, again, from Warlord Games.  The difference is that I was very unhappy with these castings.  They are, without question, the worst models that I’ve gotten from them and I will not buy any more.  The flash was unbelievable.  There are large areas that are just formless lumps.  The white metal spears are crap.  I’ll be investing in a bunch of brass spears for all future uses.

Having said all of that, I’m pleased with how they look.  I love playing with cavalry.  I hate painting horses.  I used this batch as an exercise in painting horses.  I still have some things I’m not happy with; definitely room for improvement.   The faces need work and I still need to figure out how I’m going to do the highlighting and depths on them, I didn’t get it right on these six. 


I have another six of these to finish up and I’ll be done with my Romans, unless I strip the command models and re-prime them.  It’s tempting, hmmm…

Lovely work Aaron (though it would have been nice to have a better depth of field to better see all six models). I too find cavalry a bit daunting but I always feel great when they get completed. Good to know about your troubles with Warlord castings. I find one of the unplanned byproducts of the Challenge is that it can be a great resource for getting information, samples and opinions of a wide range of products.  Whiles these were real b@stards to clean-up I must say you did a wonderful job on them (I really like the cavalry mask on the standard-bearer) - well done.

This half-dozen cavalrymen will give Aaron 63 points, which includes a wee bit for the nice groundwork and shields.


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    1. I appreciate the enthusiasm Michael. Thank you.

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  2. A shame you don't like painting horses. I think you did a good job.

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    1. Thank you. They are better than my last try, so progress in the right direction. If I keep this up I might be able to finish that Rohan army.

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  3. great stuff horse's look mighty fine to me although you do seem to have missed the eyes on the officers horse. **TIP** if you do not like painting eye balls get a tooth pick dip the tip in you black paint and dab on the eye job done same size dot each time.
    Peace James

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    1. Thanks James; for both the tip and the correction. I'll fix the eyeless horse. I have a pile of tooth picks on the desk so I'll try that on the next bunch.

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  4. Great job on these it reminds me that I have a few to paint myself

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    1. Nothing like the challenge to get things moving off the queue. These lads had been sitting around for most of a year.

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  5. Very nice painting there Sir.

    Pip pip

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  6. They look really good.
    I got a bunch of these in my lead stocks. Not looking forward to the flash of doom.
    cheers

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    1. Hopefully yours are a better lot of castings. Thank you for the compliment.

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  7. Very nice indeed sir, especially given the issues with the figs...

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  8. An excellent job on the Cav Aaron, keep it up!

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  9. You've done a splendid job rescuing a mediocre bunch of casts and making them entirely battleworthy. Well done!

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  10. I hear you on the cavalry as they always look great, but painting them is a pain! Nice work!

    Christopher

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  11. Thank you for the treat, I know you had issues but I can't see them in the finished figures

    Ian

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  13. Very well done! Cavalry most often is a real pain in the ass to paint.

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  14. Really nice work with these figures, sir. I like a lot the colours. I have also had problems with "Warlord Games" models, and I don´t like them. For Ancient, I´m buying the excellent models from "Aventine Miniatures"; they are FANTASTIC.

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